Let the People Walk

Stand at a corner and look confused.

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Fumble with my camera long enough and someone will walk past.

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I’ll look a bit lost and confused and frown at my camera.

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I wasn’t holding the camera to my eye.

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Another favourite activity: aim at the window.

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And let people get in my way.

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I’ve come to appreciate photographs that look like they were taken accidentally.

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Street photography is an art that requires artlessness.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Street Photography and Human Presence

Must we have people in street photography?

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Or is the mere suggestion of human presence enough?

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I’ve grown to appreciate the poetry of things.

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So as to be on the lookout for stories to tell.

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There’s a poetics of space here.

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There’s a story of workmanship here waiting to be told.

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What sort of obstruction is being prohibited? Are the owners of those chairs obstructing access to the door prohibiting obstructions to the chairs? Isn’t the sign itself obstructing access to those chairs?

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Work, work, work.

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The labour of mobility.

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So that we know the weight of things.

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The signpost of a neighbourhood.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

Work Ethic

Hong Kong people work very hard.

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You could attribute it to culture.

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Or you could attribute it to the nature of an economy that drives its people.

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We are our work.

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Work teaches us to be.

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To do otherwise is a privilege most can’t afford.

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm f/1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

Slow Down

We’ll need to slow down.

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We can’t think like skyscrapers.

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We need to dwell a little bit.

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Take a walk.

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Sometimes to be inane is to make sense.

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A certain order at a certain time.

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Think good thoughts.

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Let a thousand thoughts flourish.

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So we need a better government of our selves.

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So as not to run aground.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

A Tale of Capitalism

There’s so much to see.

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And street photography forces one to stop and be grateful.

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We’re often framed by things we buy and sell.

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There’s a tale of capitalism waiting to be told.

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We give in to what we want.

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Our appetites.

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There’re always boxes to open.

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Things to sell.

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People to talk to.

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There’s money to be made.

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Conversations to have.

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And there’s the wait.

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Wholesome food.

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Fabric of a city.

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN

 

 

Geocaching and Street Photography

So, my ten-year-old son is into Geocaching.

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It’s basically a game where you hunt for hidden caches – you could then sign your name in the booklet in those canisters/boxes hidden or buried in various places in Hong Kong and the rest of the world.

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We’ve found magnetic canisters stuck behind signposts, or hidden under piled-up logs full of ants and spiders.

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You could then announce your success to the whole world and leave a few clues via the Geocache app.

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So you see, it’s killing two birds with one stone.

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I get to do a spot of street photography, and my son gets to do a bit of geocaching.

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That’s what I call father-son bonding.

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It doesn’t matter where I go as long as I’m on the streets.

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We could meander and come back to the same place – it doesn’t matter.

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Some people fish, others are into street photography, and of course, some are into geocaching.

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And we’ll have a late lunch after a morning of running back and forth.

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I suppose it’s another day in Hong Kong.

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We do what we can to preserve our sanity…

 

Camera: Leica M6

Lens: Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm 1.4 SC

Film: Kodak BW400CN